Recycle Your Christmas Tree, Get Free Food for Doing Good

Vegas Seven helps you fill your post-Christmas, pre-New Year calendar


Thursday, Dec. 26

Christmas? So yesterday. If you are ready to clear some floor space for your bangin’ New Year’s party, ditch that tannenbaum at one of 34 locations around the Valley, and UNLV’s Rebel Recycling Program will turn it into much-needed mulch for area parks and landscaping. See for drop-off locations.

Friday, Dec. 27

Perhaps you received an article of clothing for Christmas that was the wrong size, color or style. You could take it back, but you could also donate it to Communities in Schools of Nevada, which needs khaki and navy blue pants, jeans, navy blue and white polo shirts, and shoes to use as uniforms for 20 local schools. Drop the goods off at a Smashburger before Dec. 31 and you’ll get free food for your donation.

Saturday, Dec. 28

Kwanzaa is about a lot of things—unity, purpose and responsibility among them—but here in Las Vegas it is also marked by a graduation ceremony celebrating the kids who completed the city’s 10-week Rites of Passage mentoring workshops. Come see them off on their path to adulthood. 3 p.m., West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.,

Sunday, Dec. 29

The bikes have been ridden, the clothes worn, the video games played. We’re smack dab in the middle of the winter-break blues. Get the tots out of the house and haul them over to Springs Preserve at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. to listen to stories, decorate cookies and stop their whining about being bored. $3 members, $5 nonmembers with paid general admission,

Monday, Dec. 30

Have you made a mark this year? It’s not too late. Get over to P3Studio at the Cosmopolitan, where you’ll find artist-in-residence Alisha Kerlin encouraging you to help her build a nocturnal zoo habitat. 6-11 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 19,

Tuesday, Dec. 31

If your New Year’s resolution for 2014 involves a healthier lifestyle, then here’s something to help: Commitment Day Las Vegas is a family-friendly 5k run aimed at starting a conversation about what it means to be healthy and active. 3 p.m. at Floyd Lamb Park,

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Fake ice and small rinks are nice, but when you really want to crank out some blade time you need a real ice rink. And in Las Vegas, that means a trip to the SoBe Ice Arena at Fiesta Rancho. $7 admission, $3 skate rental, open skating today, 2:30-5:30 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.,